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Sometimes I'd come across a Lychee or a Naseberry whose seeds are kinda disintegrated.. in a thick powdered form, either completely or partially. What could cause such a thing? And is the fruit with such seed harmful?

I wish I had pics to show but it happens rarely.

Here's a normal Lychee with normal seed:

And what I sometimes find in place of the solid black seed is something that has the texture like this wet dirt:

but obviously more like the seed itself that has disintegrated into a thick wet powder.

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    $\begingroup$ Just a guess, but I would say that the process of the seed growing into a plant started. The fruit will still be eatable in most cases. We have a similar phenomenon with peaches where the inside of the hard core changes. $\endgroup$ – Alexis Wilke May 26 '14 at 5:07

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